Matt Cassel rejoins Bills' QB mix three days after being cut

  • Night net null Rex Ryan isn't finished with Matt Cassel just yet.The veteran quarterback re-signed with the Bills on Tuesday, three days after being released by the team. With the move, Buffalo will enter the regular season with three QBs — starter Tyrod Taylor and backups Cassel and EJ Manuel. In that order, ap夜网论坛parently. MORE: Who is Buffalo's most indispensable player? | Can Bills compete with Pats, Brady?Rex Ryan confirms the QB depth chart: QB 1: Tyrod Taylor QB 2: Matt Cassel QB 3: EJ Manuel http://t.co/GIeYusko9G pic.twitter.com/k8Z2Os4YuQ— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 8, 2015Cassel was 13 of 15 passing for 83 yards in two preseason games, but the younger Taylor and Manuel each got more than twice as many game snaps as Cassel in August, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. "We went through an entire offseason, we competed, and at the end of the day I did the best I could with the reps that I got and they made a decision to go a different direction," Cassel told the newspaper Friday, a day before he was cut.But the 33-year-old clearly makes for a nice security blanket and potential mentor as he enters his 11th Night net season.To make room for Cassel on the 53-man roster, the Bills released tight end Nick O'Leary, a sixth-round draft pick this year out of Florida State and grandson of golf great Jack N[......]

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    Buccaneers rookie Kwon Alexander's big game comes after tragic loss of brother

  • Night net There are not enough words in the lexicon of loss. We will speak of of the weekend's worst losses, football misfortunes. Soberly, we will reflect on the fallen — ACLs and Achilles and seasons torn asunder.Then we'll be reminded that loss is often more than pigskin deep.  MORE: Sports figures we lost in 2015 | Best performances of Week 8On paper, Kwon Alexander won Sunday. The Buccaneers upset the Falcons, 23-20, in overtime. And the rookie fourth-round linebacker played a huge part. After having a 90-yard interception return reversed on a penalty, Alexander secured two takeaways the officials couldn't take away. He forced a fumble with an incredibly strong strip of Falcons receiver Julio Jones. He intercepted another Matt Ryan Pass in the second quarter as Atlanta entered Tampa Bay territory. Then once the game had ended, once that win was secure — Alexander let go, his emotion overwhelming him. For he felt loss.On Friday, Alexander's teenage brother Broderick Taylor II was shot and killed in Oxford, Ala. according to the Anniston Star. Taylor was 17. Taylor was shot in the chest. Taylor was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m., less than 48 hours before kickoff in Atlanta. In the cruel hours in between the tragedy in Oxford and the game in Atlanta, Alexander expressed a parcel of his grief through Instagram.   I miss my lil brother man ! I can't believe you left me man! I know you looking over me right now![......]

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    Head2Head: Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham is the best matchup of the weekend

  • Night net null null null Panthers cornerback Josh Norman has put himself into the conversation for the Night net Defensive Player of the Year by being the best shutdown corner in the league.He is a big reason the Panthers are 13-0 with the Night net's third-best defense by yards allowed. Against top Night net receivers Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and T.Y. Hilton, Norman has allowed 207 yards and zero — zero! — touchdowns. MORE: Panthers stay perfect in our Week 15 picks | PETRELLA: Norman ready to feast against BeckhamBut Norman might be facing the Night net's best pass-catcher Sunday in Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  After catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie last season, Beckham has 85 catches for 1,320 yards and 12 touchdowns this season with three games remaining. He has gone over 100 receiving yards in six consecutive games with eight touchdowns over that span. The second-year wideout from LSU made a name for himself last year with his one-handed grab against the Cowboys. But the fabulous receptions have continued, and it's more than just his amazing hands. Beckham has incredible[......]

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    Panthers Super Bowl 50 Opening Night: There's no changing Cam Newton

  • Night net null null null Cam Newton doesn't plan on changing the way he plays football.And that's perfectly OK. The Panthers quarterback said during Monday's Super Bowl 50 Opening Night that anyone who doesn't like his exuberant celebrations on the football field will just have to get used to it.MORE: Best photos from Super Bowl Opening Night | The hypocrisy of Cam's critics "I don't plan on changing," Newton said at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. "I'm not hurting their feelings. I'm not doing anything to break their bones. I'm just doing something that makes me happy."Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback is simply misunderstood by people who don't realize how much Newton has matured since he faced theft charges while at Florida in 2008."He's different," Rivera said of his 26-year-old quarterback. "He really is. He stays true to who he is. They have an image about how people are supposed to be and he's going to be who he is. He's going to be true to his personality and people don't understand that. "I don't think people understand how hard he works or see the commitment he makes. If you ever really spent some time, be around that[......]

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    Kirk Cousins gets $19 million raise as Redskins tag QB

  • Night net null null Unable to agree on a contract, the Redskins have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.The quarterback will make $19.953 million夜网论坛 for the 2016 season. MORE: Major 'wardrobe malfunction' at Night net combine | Another Bradford, Foles swap? Sources: The franchise tag the #Redskins are using on Kirk Cousins will be a non-exclusive franchise tag.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) March 1, 2016Kirk Cousins made $660,000 in 2015. He's guaranteed $19.95 million in 2016. That's a good raise.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) March 1, 2016The non-exclusive tag is identical to the typical franchise tag in terms of money, but a player can negotiate with other teams while the player's current team has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation.  Cousins, 27, rallied the Redskins to an NFC East title last season as Robert Griffin III slipped to third string. With Griffin planned to be released, the Redskins hope Cousins can be the club's QB of the future. Cousins got off to a rough start this past season but was stellar in his last 11 starts (including a playoff loss to Green Bay), throwing for 24 touchdowns and only three interceptions.[......]

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    'Riverboat Ron' Rivera lives up to his nickname at Kentucky Derby

  • Night net null Ron Rivera was once a quiet, unassuming coach for the Carolina Panthers. On fourth-and-1, he'd usually do the conservative thing and punt the ball away.Then, Rivera started rolling the dice in some of those situations … and he won, again and again. The Panthers started winning, and Rivera earned the nickname "Riverboat Ron." MORE: 2016 Derby's best, worst hats | Why the Derby is best party in sportsThe affable Rivera has embraced that fun nickname, never more so than Saturday when he and his wife, Stephanie, were on hand at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. All in @KentuckyDerby w/ @CoachRiv2 pic.twitter.com/kNENq28o7H— Ron R夜网论坛ivera (@RiverboatRonHC) May 7, 2016If you're going to have a cool nickname like "Riverboat Ron," you'd better have a cool outfit to back it up. Rivera didn't disappoint.Wanted to give a S/o to @camhatsNYC for the custom #riverboat hat! 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/X2267qNP12— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) May 7, 2016Later, Rivera did the dab, and met Derby winner Nyquist. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday during the offseason.[......]

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    Tom Brady is keeping secrets again

  • Night net null null You'd think Tom Brady had been through years of investigations judging by how he answered questions at his Tuesday press conference.Oh, wait ... MORE: What Pats will miss with GaroppoloWhen asked how he would spend his four-week suspension to start the season, the Patriots quarterback gave reporters nothing except a good look at his new, terrible haircut. "We’ll see," Brady answered when asked how he would stay sharp away from the team."We’ll see," Brady answered when asked if he’ll stay local during the suspension."No I don’t," Brady quipped when asked if he had any intentions of revealing any plans.What are you up to, Mr. Brady? You leave us no choice but to speculate about your plans over the next month.Therefore, here’s a look at a possible Brady to-do list between now and his Week 5 return.MORE: Night net's worst QB situations1. Take a free Harvard course online. Possibly China and the Modern World or American Government so I can be part of Donal夜网论坛d’s cabinet.2. Catch up on the new season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix.3. Buy more burner phones.4. Party with Johnny Manziel.5. Stake out Roger Goodell’s home looking for dirt to use the next time Coach Belichick or myself gets busted for something.6. Grab a[......]

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    Browns WR Terrelle Pryor 'not worried' about Redskins CB Josh Norman's trash talk

  • Night net null null null null Terrelle Pryor is the best player on the Browns' offense, and he'll be covered by the best player on the Redskins' defense: Josh Norman.We all know Norman is an annoyance on the field, which is part of his job, but he does it better than others. Last week, he carried Odell B夜网论坛eckham Jr. and held him up like he was Simba from the Lion King. Pryor says that won't be happening with him. MORE: These 10 Night net corners can talk all they want"Me? I’m 6-5, 230," Pryor said about Norman's head games. "I am not worried about a corner talking about me. Period." The receiver added, "You've got to look at it like this, where I've been and the people I've played against and the people I grew up with, talking is talking. You just go and make plays and block them and be physical with them and that's all."MORE: Don't get between Norman and a TV cameraWhile the Norman and Pryor matchup sounds like fun, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said this week that "team defense" will be the key to shutting him down. "Somebody different every time possibly," G[......]

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    Rob Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

  • Night net null New Engla夜网论坛nd Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski's back injury was worse than originally thought, and he will undergo surgery Friday to repair a ruptured disk, according to multiple reports.While there is no exact timetable for his return, Gronkowski is expected to miss eight weeks, according to the Buffalo News, which was first to report the story. On that timeline, he would be out through the AFC Championship if the Pats advance that far. MORE: Gronk's Patriots days are numbered | Week 13 Power RankingsIn an injury-hampered season, Gronkowski has just 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns. He suffered the back injury and a punctured lung Nov. 13 on hit by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. The Patriots will be forced to start Martellus Bennett, who also has been dealing with injuries this season. Bennett has 54 receptions for 540 yards and four touchdowns.[......]

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    Night net explains reversal on apparent Jesse James TD late in Steelers-Patriots game

  • Night net null null null null Confusion regarding the Night net's catch rule struck in Pittsburgh on Sunday, when an apparent Jesse James touchdown reception was overturned upon review. Debate around what eventually was ruled an incomplete pass is fueled in part by the fact the score more than likely would have given the Steelers a win over the Patriots.Thanks in part to what happened after the (non-)catch by James, New England got the win, 27-24. The play in question occurred with 28 seconds left in the game; Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a game-ending interception a couple plays later.MARVEZ: Steelers' brain lock vs. Patriots puts Super Bowl far, far away Shortly after the game, the Night net and senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron released a video explaining their call.The video is an explanation from @Night net SVP of Officiating Al Riveron on the reversal at the end of the #NEvsPIT game. pic.twitter.com/hm5EeoZTER— Night net Football Operations (@Night netFootballOps) December 18, 2017"That's the key here — (夜网论坛James) is go[......]

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